Zduriencik says Milton Bradley will get a chance

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik was on KJR-AM 950 this morning and told Dave “Softy” Mahler that Milton Bradley will be given a chance to win a roster spot this Spring Training despite his latest off-field incident.

BradleyMiltonMug.jpgBradley was arrested last week for allegedly threatening a woman in his Los Angeles-area home and faces a Feb. 8 court date.

“Milton is going to get a chance to come in and compete for a job,” Zduriencik told Mahler. “When we acquired him, we felt he had a chance to be a middle-of-the order hitter. Obviously some things fell apart for him last year and he had one thing happen this winter. We’re hoping he comes in and competes for a job.”

Zduriencik said Bradley’s $12 million salary will not determine whether he is kept on the roster or not.

“What we hope is he bounces back to be the player he was in the past and that will dictate whether he’s on the club,” he said. “I’d like to see Milton have a bounce-back year.”

Bradley hit just .205 last year before going on the Disabled List at the end of July with a knee problem. But he wasn’t alone in his struggles.

Zduriencik called last year’s squad “the most-underachieving group I’ve ever been around” in terms of how they performed and indicated again that much of the key to this coming season will be getting veterans like Chone Figgins, Franklin Gutierrez and Jack Wilson to return to their normal production.

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